Are you looking to split WordPress posts into multiple pages?
Sometimes you write a long post. It could affect the loading speed. Distributing content to several pages is a quick solution.
Let’s see how to do it.
Why Splitting WordPress Posts?
There are various reasons for splitting WordPress posts. One critical reason is to reduce the page size. The larger the post is, the bigger its size is, means resources taking more time to load. Splitting the blog posts reduces the page size. and increases the website loading speed. Fast speed is vital for marketing, conversion, and WordPress search engine optimization.
However, it does affect the user experience. A person has to click several times to read a blog post. The pagination means adding the canonical tag, which Google does not always follow as intended. It could lead to duplicate issues and deindexing.
But users open a new page to read the same post – eventually increasing the website views. Vanity metrics, but if you are running Google Ads, it means more ad impressions and money.
NOTE: You should have a strong reason if you are thinking of doing it. If the website speed is a concern, moving to managed WordPress hosting would be a better option.
How to Split WordPress Posts into Multiple Pages without Plugin?
WordPress comes with the inbuilt feature to break the posts into as many pages as you like. There is no need to install a WordPress plugin. You can use the ‘Page Break’ block in the content editor.
When editing the WordPress content, click the plus (+) button to open the blocks. Select the Page Break block from the list.
The place you will add the Page Break, the page will break. The content after the Page Break will be displayed on the next page.
If you are using the Classic Editor, you have to use <!––nextpage––> tag.
Click on the ‘Text’ option to open the coded text area. There you will find some HTML – however easily understandable. Go to the text after which you want to start a new page, and add the tag.
The same thing can be done through a Visual view. Press Alt + Shift + P, which will automatically add the Next Page tag.
Update or Publish the post, and you will see the pagination at the bottom of the blog post.
How to Split WordPress Posts into Multiple Pages Using a Plugin?
If you do not want to do it manually, you can install a WordPress plugin to split WordPress posts into multiple pages.
Install the Automatically Paginate Posts plugin from the plugin repository. It is easy to use and safe with the latest WordPress.
On the setting page, you will find the different section of content. Post, pages, templates, docs etc.
You can select all of them or anyone. After that, you must pick a way to paginate the WordPress posts.
- Total Number of Pages: Number of Pages you wish to divide the Post.
- Words per Page: Maximum number of Words to present on a Page.
Finally, click on the Save Changes button to save the changes.
Splitting the post into pages has advantages as well as disadvantages. But you must not overdo it. Analyze your website and audience to use the tag efficiently.
I hope this article helped you in splitting the WordPress post into pages. If you encounter any issue, feel free to comment it down.